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716 Food & Sport in HarborCenter to open Friday

Last week, it was Tim Hortons.

This week, 716 goes from area code to the next big thing downtown.

(716) Food & Sport, the sports bar inside HarborCenter will open at 3 p.m. Friday, according to tweet sent out from @716FoodandSport.

(An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the opening would be 11 a.m.)

In his article last week in The Buffalo News following a tour of the facility, staff reporter Mark Sommer noted some of its features:

The sleek and modern 13,000-square-foot sports bar has a two-level, 38-foot television screen over the main bar. They call it the largest indoor restaurant screen in North America. There are nine TVs underneath it and 13 surrounding it. In all, the establishment has more than 60 televisions, include those inside bathroom mirrors.

The 38 square-foot TV is one of the biggest in North America. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

The 38 square-foot TV is one of the biggest in North America. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

All three of (716)’s bars, including one on the second level, have illuminated blueish-green bar tops that resemble slabs of ice with skate marks, formed from six layers of glass.

The burger and nachos from (716) on the bar-top that resembles a slab of ice. Don't worry, it won't chill your food. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

The burger and nachos from (716) on the bar-top that resembles a slab of ice. Don't worry, it won't chill your food. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

The sports bar’s flash was complemented by the warmth generated by muted grays and browns, frosted glass and green, black, orange and white lettering throughout. The establishment has 360 seats, including 135 bar stools, all expected to be filled before and after Sabres games.

Three walls display numbers from the sports bar’s name, which comes from the telephone area code used for most of Western New York. It’s where one can learn that tennis great Chris Evert won seven French Open women’s singles titles, sports stars Nate Archibald and Warren Moon all wore No. 1 and hockey legend Gordie Howe completed his 26th season on April 6, 1980.

A VIP lounge on the upper level, outfitted with soft leather chairs, will be available for private events. You can view (716)'s full menu here.

So if you're not going to the Bills game Sunday, you know there's at least one new place where you can go to catch the game.

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